"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'' - MLK Jr 💛
One of our boys is sick with a fever and they are both off from school for MLK day. I came to work at the hospital - as there are no holidays for sickness or suffering. Jason took the day off.
Our feed, like most others, is our highlight reel- a celebration of favorite memories and moments. Behind the scenes, we are two physician parents who are committed to serving others. Between Jason’s job as a general surgeon 👨🏻⚕️ and mine as an emergency and consult psychiatrist 👩🏻⚕️ - one or both of us has to work almost every minor/ school holiday, and work 1/3-1/2 of all major holidays. This is a life we have accepted, and we don’t mind, because we are grateful for the opportunity to make a significant difference in another person’s life.
We work a lot more than it may be apparent on our feed. That plays into why we cherish our time off and adventures as a family so much. Last night, I had a conversation with our son Alex when he asked why dad had to go to a meeting, and why I had to work on MLK day. I explained that this is often the life in medicine, and asked him if he still was thinking of being a doctor. Alex said “yes” without hesitation. I asked “even though daddy works so much?” (Jason works many nights and weekends as well). He said “Dad’s job is so interesting, he keeps on going back for more, and he saves people’s lives. I want to do that”. ❤️
Note: We have never once asked our children to consider medicine and recognize they are super young to know what they want to do when they grow up. Their minds can and likely will change, but I am glad that they don’t look at our work as something they takes away from family time, but appreciate the importance of serving and helping others. 🌟
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